Scholarly communications selected links from May 2018

In Vote to Restore Net Neutrality Rules, Several Senators Note Importance of Open Internet for Research, Education and Equity ARL [Association of Research Libraries] Policy Notes, May 16, 2018.

Taylor & Francis and Cambridge University Press Join Blockchain for Peer Review Project #blockchainforpeerreview Digital Science News Blog, April 26, 2018 “The project will develop a protocol where information about peer review activities (submitted by publishers) are stored on a blockchain. This will allow the review process to be independently validated, and data to be fed to relevant vehicles to ensure recognition and validation for reviewers.”

Six questions about openness in science, by Richard Poynder on Open and Shut? May 14, 2018; a fairly concise post which summarizes several important issues.

Finding public access versions: Free-to-read post-peer-review versions of articles are required by many funders but those links are sometimes very difficult to find. They are sometimes NOT found among “All XX Versions” links in Google Scholar results. I was not aware that these links are beginning to appear on publisher sites. This post does a real service by pointing out where those links are on Elsevier and AIP journal article displays. I will start looking more carefully now. Thank you to Heather Piwowar: Where’s Waldo with Public Access Links on Research Remix, May 6, 2018.

Where are replication attempts published? From Retraction Watch: Nature says it wants to publish replication attempts. So what happened when a group of authors submitted one to Nature Neuroscience?: part 1, part 2, part 3

Guidelines to enhance the quality of published research: APA Style Journal Article Reporting Standards (JARS) are aimed at enhancing the quality of published research by promoting transparency and facilitating the assessment of rigor. They are available for quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods research. While they are aimed at psychology researchers, I think they might also be interesting to others interested in these issues. See also: New Website Guides Users of APA Style Journal Article Reporting Standards.

To blog or preprint or NOT?
Prepublication disclosure of scientific results: Norms, competition, and commercial orientation, Science Advances 16 May 2018: Vol. 4, no. 5, eaar2133, DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.aar2133 “Overall, 67.2% of the respondents reported disclosing before publication. Only 6.35% disclosed to a general audience at the concept stage. Roughly 40% disclosed after they were sure of the validity, and 21.4% disclosed once there was a paper, either in draft form or after submission. This leaves roughly one-third who did not disclose prepublication. There is substantial field variation, with the computer scientists and engineers least likely to disclose prepublication. Social scientists are the most likely to disclose at the conceptual stage.” The article is published CC-BY-NC.
Preprints growth rate ten times higher than journal articles, by Jennifer Lin on CrossRef blog. “Preprints are one of the fastest growing types of content. While preprints may not be new, the growth may well be: ~30% for the past 2 years (compared to article growth of 2-3% for the same period).”

Borchardt, R., Moran, C., Cantrill, S., Oh, S. A., & Hartings, M. R. (2018). Perception of the importance of chemistry research papers and comparison to citation rates. PloS One, 13(3), e0194903. “We conclude from our results that peer judgements of importance and significance differ from metrics-based measurements, and that chemists should work with bibliometricians to develop metrics that better capture the nuance of opinions on the importance of a given piece of research.” Blog post about this article: The academic papers researchers regard as significant are not those that are highly cited.

Scholarly Publishing Round-Up May 2018, from Becker Medical Library: My Bibliography can help your NIH Biosketch | Need to identify a program official for your next NIH grant? Try Matchmaker on NIH RePORTER | Publons and Peer Review | Readings.

OpenCon 2018 to be Held in Toronto, Canada on November 2-4; Applications Open June 12 “OpenCon’s flagship global meeting helps drive this culture change by bringing together the most energetic, engaged students and early career academic professionals. Participants learn about Open Access, Open Education, and Open Data, develop critical skills, find collaborators, and catalyze action toward a more open system for sharing the world’s information—from scholarly and scientific research, to educational materials, to digital research data.”

Theme of 2018 International Open Access Week To Be “Designing Equitable Foundations for Open Knowledge” 2018 International Open Access Week will be October 22-28.

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Ruth is a librarian at Washington University for biology, math, history of science; she is also scholarly communications coordinator. Email: Phone: 314-935-4819